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  • June 25 - Construction and Maintenance- Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project cost and shorten schedule leading to shorter service outage.

    June 25, 2019 Can the Design/Build construction method reduce project costs and shorten schedules, leading to shorter service outages? Chad Earle, director of business development at ORDERS Construction Company, will provide an overview of the design/build process. He will examine the pros and cons of the design/build process and discuss what pitfalls to avoid.  Earle will demonstrate and discuss how design/build can expedite the construction process and ultimately reduce the costs associated with shutdown down time and save owners money related to actual construction costs and expenses.
  • July 17 - New Markets Tax Credit Financing

    July 17 The federal new markets tax credit program provides up to 25% of any short-fall in financing (which generally must be at least $4 million) for (a) the purchase, expansion, and/or renovation of manufacturing facilities; (b) the purchase of equipment; and/or (c) other operational needs.  This subsidy is in the form of a 7-year forgivable which only requires approximately 1.5% interest-only payments during 7 years.  Facilities and operations must be located in a rural community or low-income census tract.
  • August 12 - Using Public Relations to Advance Public Policy

    August 12 Have you ever wondered what why certain pieces of legislation are passed and others are forgotten? What communication tools are best to effectively send your messages to the correct audience? Join us as TSG Consulting goes over how public relations interacts with public policy and the tools to use to get the results you desire.   Tom Susman has a decade of experience providing lobbying, public relations and strategic planning services to his clients. He is president of TSG Consulting, LLC. 
  • September 16 - WVMAEF Explore the New Manufacturing Program: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today

    The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.
  • October 10 - Apprenticeships: A Customized Approach to Workforce Problems

    October 10 Apprenticeship Works at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) offers an affordable option for customizing apprenticeship programs in 20 occupations. This grant-supported initiative has partnered with 26 manufacturers, including 12 in West Virginia. These employers recognize the primary benefits to apprenticeship: improved recruitment, standardized training and reduced turnover. Learn how Apprenticeship Works can help your company develop an apprenticeship program targeting your specific needs.
  • November 6 - iOS in Business: Applications that Work for You

    Mobile applications and processes that support your business while giving you the freedom to make the entire world your office Jamie Summers-Brown is the founder and president of Bricks Without Straw, a web-development and design firm in South Charleston, W.Va. Since 2004, his company has served a diverse clientele with offices in both West Virginia and Tokyo, Japan.

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WV utilities urged to lower rates due to tax reform

West Virginia utility companies were required to file plans with the Public Service Commission last week on their benefits from tax reform and their ...

Rep. Jenkins to Ignore Utility Request for Increases; REDUCE RATES
HNN Huntingtonnews.net

“Utility companies in all but two states – West Virginia and Tennessee ... their rates and pass along savings from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act to consumers. ... West Virginia utility companies were required to file planswith the Public ...

Gazette editorial: We used to like tariffs, but the world has changed
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The people running the Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia plant in Putnam County are worried about the tariffs. They referred Garland to a ...

After Trump tariffs, WV awaits fallout from trade partners
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rebecca McPhail, president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, said she is still piecing together what the tariffs will do for industry in the ...

Rebecca McPhail: W.Va. minds must be open to business (Daily Mail)
Charleston Gazette-Mail

In West Virginiamanufacturers are taxed at levels higher than all but seven states for capital-intensive manufacturing, and at rates higher than only ...

Caught in the crosshairs of global trade policy
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That's nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make ...

United States

Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.8 Percent, Lowest Since 2000
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Employers added another 223,000 positions last month alone, the Labor ... Factory jobs have grown by 259,000 in the past year, with most of the ...

American manufacturers cope with the loss of EU tariff exemptions
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Trump administration said today it would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Since the .

US Manufacturing Gathers Steam Under Trump: 5 Top Picks

U.S. manufacturing sector is witnessing resurgence under the Trump administration since last year, shrugging off its long phase of weak productivity ...

World Bank warns US trade war could cause 2008-level crisis
The Guardian

Estimating risk of rising economic nationalism, the kind promoted by Donald Trump, the bank warned of 'severe consequences' for trade and growth.

Asian markets higher as US, China put trade war on hold
WPXI Pittsburgh

TRADE TALKS: The U.S. and China concluded their two days of trade ..... And while experts say a trade warremains a remote possibility, all of those ...

Trump to Meet Trade Advisers Over $70 Billion China Offer -Sources
U.S. News & World Report

The administration has said that a final list of goods to be tariffed would be issued next week and that Treasury plans to limit Chinese investment in the ...

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